Challenge Awards Instructions 2016

  1. The Challenge Awards
  2. Instructions for Chairs
  3. Instructions for Judges
  4. Judging Form
  5. Judging Worksheet
  6. Final Results Form
  7. Orientation

The Challenge Awards

The Canada-Wide Youth Science Challenge Awards focus on global, national, and provincial issues that require multi- and interdisciplinary solutions. The seven Challenges are:
 
  1. Discovery: Create new fundamental knowledge based on your curiosity by asking a question and using the techniques of scientific inquiry to develop an answer.
  2. Energy: Improve our use of current energy sources, enable the transition to alternative energy sources, or reduce our energy footprint.
  3. Environment: Reduce our impact on, improve our understanding, and ensure the quality of water, air, soil, and the diversity of living things.
  4. Health: Increase our understanding of the human body, or apply science and technology to improve health, control disease, or support an aging population.
  5. Information: Enhance communication and our use of information using digital and networking technologies, or applications of new media.
  6. Innovation: Combine scientific principles with your creativity to develop a new material, structure, device, or system to solve a problem or improve an existing solution.
  7. Resources: Develop better ways to use our natural resources that provide sustainable sources of food, products, or prosperity.
 
Projects are grouped in the exhibit hall by Challenge.
 
Three awards are presented in each of the seven Challenges:
  • Best Junior
  • Best Intermediate
  • Best Senior
 

Instructions for Chairs

  • Meet with your team of typically three judges at the start of the afternoon judging.
  • Ask if anyone has a conflict of interest with any of the projects. If they do, arrange that they do not judge this project.
  • Review the results of the Gold Medals in the Age Category for this Challenge Award.
  • If there is no suitable Gold Medal project, review the results of the Silver Medals.
  • Select the highest ranked project for this Challenge Award.
  • Interview this candidate to confirm that this project is in the discipline of the Challenge Award.
  • Possible issue:
    • The highest ranked project is a bad fit with the criteria for the Challenge
    • Solution:  Discuss this with the Chief Judge operations.
  • Give the signed Challenge Award Final Results Form to the Chief Judge Operations.
  • Put all the paperwork into the box on the table at the front of the exhibit hall.
     
Thank you for taking on this important role in the judging process. We much appreciate your willingness to serve in this way.
 

Instructions for judges

  • Meet with your team of typically three judges at the start of the afternoon judging.
  • Review the results of the Gold Medals in the Age Category for this Challenge Award.
  • If there is no suitable Gold Medal project, review the results of the Silver Medals.
  • Select the highest ranked project for this Challenge Award.
  • Interview this candidate to confirm that this project is in the discipline of the Challenge Award
  • Possible Issue:
    • The highest ranked project is a bad fit with the criteria for the Challenge.
    • Solution:  Discuss this with the Chief Judge operations.
  • Give the signed Challenge Award Final Results Form to the Chief Judge Operations.
  • Put all the paperwork into the box on the table at the front of the exhibit hall.
     
Thank you for taking on this important role in the judging process. We much appreciate your willingness to serve in this way.
 

Orientation

Please view the orientation for each of your judging assignments before you arrive at the fair on Monday in the late afternoon. There is not enough time to assimilate all the information after you arrive.

 
Award PowerPoint
Challenge Awards Download